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Walter Bradley

Mayor of Bolton: 1944-45 (Conservative)

Born: Tonge Moor, Bolton c. 1883

Died: Greenacres, Regent Road, Lostock 13 October 1961

Educated: Haulgh Board School; Clarence Street Grade School; Bolton Technical College


Son of Luke Bradley, a shopkeeper on Tonge Moor Road.

After leaving Bolton Technical College he taught engineering subjects there at evening classes.

He worked as an engineer in Europe between the ages of 19 and 24.

On his return to Bolton he set up in business for himself, manufacturing his own patents and also establishing an early automobile engineering company in 1913.

Governing director of Walter Bradley (Engineers) Ltd, Deansgate, Bolton.

Represented Tonge Ward from 1921. Alderman November 1937.

Chairman of the Transport Committee and member of several others.

Borough Magistrate August 1943.

Presided over the celebrations for VE and VJ Day in 1945.

Made a CBE 1 January 1949.

Chairman of the National Joint Industrial Council for the road transport industry and of Lancashire and Cheshire Municipal Transport Authorities.

Deputy Transport Commissioner for the north-west area.

President of Tonge Moor Conservative Club for well over 20 years.

Anglican - Sidesman and Sunday School teacher at St Augustine's Church, Thicketford Road.

His wife, Constance, was Mayoress.


Click for larger image Formal portrait of Walter Bradley as Mayor of Bolton.

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Walter BradleyBradley Family Tree • pdfClick for larger image

The names of the Mayors of Bolton from 1941 to 1974 are recorded on the reverse of the County Borough badge

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